Free Training and Awareness Programme to encourage more women to run in the Local Elections 2024.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are funding training with Women for Election to encourage more women to run in the Local Elections 2024.

A report on the issues discussed at our ‘TogetHER in Politics’ conference was noted by the Elected Members at the Council meeting held in July 2023 and is available through this link: ‘TogetHER in Politics’ Conference Report.

The report along with feedback following the conference highlighted the need for providing a space for women for both networking and training on the different aspects of running for election.

dlr and Women for Election are pleased to inform you of the following training courses in October and November which are free to attend. There are a mixture of in-person and online courses, and we would encourage you to book your place early for as many of the courses that you wish to attend.


Training and Awareness Programme

Introduction to Politics [Online Training]

Wednesday, 11th October 2023 from 7.15pm to 8.30pm

An introduction to national and local politics in Ireland: a foundational understanding of how the Irish political system works; Government; elections; the functions of the Dáil, Seanad and Local Government; how legislation is passed; and what the role of a politician can involve.

Women Belong [County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin]

Thursday, 9th November 2023 from 7.15pm to 8.30pm

This module is designed to provide women with encouragement, support and tools to put themselves forward for election, pushing past the fear and doubts that women often have, or to get involved in politics or support other women to run for election.

“What are you saying” Messaging Workshop [Online]

Wednesday, 15th November 2023 from 7.15pm to 8.30pm

This module looks at how to frame and talk about the reasons why you want to run for election; how to talk about yourself and your experiences and skills; what you want to achieve; and how to be effective in connecting with and communicating with voters.

Social Media 101 [Online Training]

Tuesday, 21st November 2023 from 7.15pm to 8.30pm

This specialised programme aims to empower women with the knowledge and skills to effectively and safely use social media platforms to build profile and engagement, connect with their communities in the context of running for election and to amplify their messages It recognises the unique challenges women may face in the online space and provides tailored guidance to help them navigate and leverage these platforms to their advantage.

Campaigning Design and Rollout Training [County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin]

Thursday, 23rd November 2023 from 7.15pm to 8.30pm

This Canvassing Clinic covers preparing for and organising canvassing, capturing and using canvassing data, picking up and following up on issues and queries, how to sustain yourself – it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Supporting Women’s Campaigns Canvassing Workshop [Online]

Wednesday 29th November 2023 from 7.15pm to 8.30pm

Recognising that some women will use an election campaign to find out more about running themselves and others would prefer to be involved but behind the scenes, this module will equip women to take on leadership positions in another campaign and will cover roles such as Director of Elections, Campaign Manager, Canvassing Lead, Volunteer Manager etc.

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